Tobata Gion Yamagasa (戸畑祇園山笠）
Tobata Gion Oo-Yamagasais one of the most exciting summer festivals in Kitakyushu.featival
The Festival is registered on UNESCO Intangible Heritage List in 2016.
The festival has a lot of energy and is very dynamic as is the case with festivals such as the
Hakata Gion Yamagasa，with young men wearing the happi (festival costume) and hachimaki
(head band)， carrying the Yamagasa (festival float) and walking around the town shouting
What is remarkable is the way the character of the Yamagasa changes from daytime，with the
Nobori Yamagasa (festival floats with flags); to nighttime，with the Chochin Yamagasa
( festival floats with lanterns).
The Nobori Yamagasa used during the daytime is dismantled，and the 10 metre-high Chochin
Sugawara Shrine and Nakabaru Hachimangu Shrine.
The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature.
Kitakyushu offers amazing possibilities for tourism and travel with a combination of spectacular
scenery, rich cultural experiences as well as learning possibilities through Study tours based on
the environmental and industrial themes.
|Kokura Castle||Kokura Castle Garden||River Walk Kitakyushu|
|Tanga market||Uomachi & Kyumachi Gintengai||Light up of Steel Works|
|Mojiko Retro||Konamon Pedstrian tunnel|
|Japanese Cultural experience|
|Wakamatsu-kita Coast||Kanmon Strait||at Kokura Castle|
Kawachi Wisteria Garden
Location of Kitakyushu-city
Access to Kitakyushu
80 minutes by a vehicle using High Way from Fukuoka Air Port
40 minutes by JR Express train from Hakata Station
19 minutes by JR Shinkansen (bullet train ) from Hakata Station
Featured tours in Kitakyushu-city
The World’s most Dynamic Night view !
Mount Sarakura is the best scenic spot in Kitakyushu-city
At the summit, 622 meter from the sea level, you are presented with a magnificent and spectacular view
of all over Kitakyushu-city.
Almost all the industrial, comercial and residential areas in Kitakyushu-city can be seen from the top
of the mountain.
This is the most Dynamic Night view in the World.
The dynamic city where one million people are living and working, is creating the beautiful Night view
which you have never seen before.
The area of Night view is the largest in the World ; about 40km east to west and 10km south to north
And also the number of lighting to create the night view is the largest in the World.
Day time view from the top
We offer you the magnificent and spectacular view
|Munakata, Asiya and Yahata||Yahata and Wakamatsu||Tobata, Kokura and Moji|
|From the Cable car||From the Cable car||Kokura|
|Higashida||Wakato Bridge||Kanmonkyo Bridge|
Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal / Yawata Works
Access to the summit
Easy access to the summit by using the Cable Car and Slope Car
Cable car station
The longest cable car in Kyushu, the total length is 1,100 metre from the Moutain-foot Station to the Summit Station, connecting the elevation difference 440 metre in 5 minutes.
The self-drived monorail, the inclination angle of the rail changes while running, but the floor is always kept horizontally by the hydraulic control system. connecting the the total length of 159 metre rail in 3 minutes
from the Cable Car Top Station to the Summit.
You can also enjoy a Trekking instead of using Cable car and Slope car.
It takes about one and half hours on foot to top of the mountain from the Cable Car Station.
The exotic district of Mojiko-Retro is visited by more than 2 million tourists a year.
Time have changed but architectural remainder like the former Moji Customs
Building from 1912, the wooden Mojiko Station Building from 1914, and the former Osaka Mitshi
O.S.L Line building from 1917 in Moji-ko Port Retro area remain as symbols and attractions.
Where to explore
The suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water separating two of Japan’s
four main islands. On the Honshu Island side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu Island
side is Kutakyushu
View from Mekari Observatory
Kitakyushu, Kyushu Island
Semonoseki, Honshu Island
Only the place in the world ! You can cross the strait on foot.
The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway
with as many as 700 small and large ships a day passing through it.
It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation
for VIP’s. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists,
stayed here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.
This bridge, made in 2003, is the only pedestrian draw bridge in Japan, and is one the
most popular photo spot in Mojiko Retro. The length of the bridge is 108 meters and
it is opened 6 times a day at 10h, 11h, 13h, 14h, 15h and 16h.
It is a railway theme park organized by JR Kyushu, showing the history of Kyushu Railways.
The display of steam locomotives and old trains used by Kyushu Railway is fascinating and
always evokes feelings of nostalgia among visitors.
The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea. “Full of a romance market
which stir up forgetting contentment” is the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is
based on. The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of nostalgia and
contentment that will never be forgotten.
Off the beaten path
A dramatic introduction
to the history of the
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The Art Museum
exhibits the Idemitsu
collection. more …
Kokura Castle is one of the Must visit destination in Kiyakyushu, located within a walking
distance of JR Kokura Stations.
Then, it served as a residence of the Ogasawara clan. In 1866, it was burnt down by the Choshu
Moat arounf Castle Tower
In the Castle tower
At present, the castle tower is used as a historical museum in which you can
get a true feel for Kokura as it was centuries ago by viewing displays of historical exhibits
Around Castle tower
Featured places around Kokura Castle
|Kokura Castle Garden||River Walk Kitakyushu||Yasaka Shrine|
Kokura Castle Garden
Kokua Castle Garden made at the former site of Shitayashiki (lord’s guest house) located
next to Kokura Castle.
This garden consists of a Japanese garden and a daimyo yashiki (a lord’s house), a building
of the Shoin-zukuri type (a style of Japanese domestic architecture).
In this garden, not only can you see Japanese traditional architecture, but also enjoy the Tea
Ceremony at the Experience Zone.
Time to enjoy dressing in Kimono, tea ceremony experience, and Rickshaw riding experience
Kokura Castle Garden and Kokura Castle. You can also take beautiful photographs in this location
to provide you with wonderful memories and recollection of your visit to Kokura.
Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves
Hiraodai is one of the three largest karst plateau in Japan along with the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau and
the Shikoku Karst. It is located in southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city.
At altitudes between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south
and 2 km from east to west.
Yougunbaru, which was so names because of the limestone which stands in row like a flock of sheep
in a vast meadow, dolines (conical hollows) and limestone caves create distinctive scenery.
Hiraodai Karst Plateau Trekking
There are three limestone Caves in Hiraodai Karst and each cave has different unique features.
Senbutsu limestone cave
Literally means 1,000 Buddha Cave, is the largest of the caves in Hiraodai Last Plateau,
extending about 900 m while meandering toward the northeast. The shape of the cave is narrow,
narrow ceiling ravine with a maximum width of 10 m and a maximum ceiling height of 15 m.
Approximately 30 large and small stalactites hang down at the entrance, giving a spectacular scenery. Abundant groundwater still continues to erode in the cave.
Mejiro limestone Cave
It is the longest cave in Hiraodai Karst, over 2 km in length.
The highlight of this cave is the monolithic ceiling which is a very unique structure as a limestone caves.
Ojika limestone cave
The cave is called footfall of dinosaurs. It is the very rare cave in Japan; the entrance is vertical
pit with 25 meter, when getting down to the bottom, you follow the underground horizontal cave
and you can see the hidden aspects of Hiraodai Karst.
The most distinguished Japanese Karstic Hiraodai Park. There is 22ha of lawn square with
observation platform, and a wild grass garden. There is also a plateau fruit tree garden.
Moreover, the visitor can enjoy the experience of doing activities such as making buckwheat
noodle (soba), ceramics, art flower, and woodwork.
It is the only wetland in Fukuoka Prefecture, located 600 meters west from Seiryu Cave and
2,500 m east from Hiraodai Nature Observation Center. The wetland is an important part of
Hiraodai Karst landform, offering a variety of wetland plant life such as the Sagiso (rein orchis),
Tokiso (pogonia), and Nohanasyobu (iris).
Kawachi Reservoir is the first-class civil construction heritage that triggered the registration of
World Cultural Heritage of Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution.
The Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water supply to Yawata Steel Works.
The dam was constructed at the Okura River and upper stream of the dam was expanded and making
the 7milion cubic metre reservoir.
Specification of the dam
・height : 43.1 metre
・Width : 189 metre
In the construction of the dam, the unprecedented design in the world has been applied in order to
harmonize with nature and to save the construction cost. The stones come out from the mountain
when the river was expanded have been utilized for construction of the dam.
All stones are cut into sizes and shapes by the stone technicians according to the place of use.
The large size stone were used at the main construction of the dam and the small size stones were
used for other places as per size and shape. Construction was started in 1919 and was completed
in1927 by 900 thousand total number of workers.
Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge
This shape and color really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.
Kanmon Bridge is the suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water
separating two of Japan’s four main islands.
On the Honshu side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu side is Kitakyushu-city.
The Kanmon-kyo bridge was opened to vehicles in 1973 and connected the Kyushu Expressway
in 1984. It is the 34th largest suspension bridge in the world with a central span of 712 meters.
The Kanmon Straits, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very busy waterway with as many as
700 small and large ships a day passing through it.There are a total of seven ways to cross the
straits such as the 1,068-meter-lomg “Kanmonkyo Bridge”, the “Shin-Kanmon Tunnel” , the
“Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel”, to cross on foot, the “ferries”, and the like.
Only the place in the world ! You can cross the strait on foot.
The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway with
as many as 700 small and large ships a day passing through it.
Featured tours in Kitakyushu-city
Uomachi & Kyomachi Shopping street
Uomachi and Kyomachi Ginteigai are the arcade shopping streets connected
from JR Kokura Station.
The literal meaning of Gintengai is the Silver roof arcade shopping street and
Uomachi Gintengai is the birth place of Japanese arcade shopping street constructed in 1991.
Now, there are many kind of fantastic shops and restaurant along the street.